I have been so busy with the start of the new semester that I have done very little reading, other than looking at and marking student assignments. I have done some reading which is summarized here.

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A lovely historical fiction story told in the form of closely connected poems

This is so much more than a children’s book. It is the story some of my students back in the 70s experienced as they fled Vietnam, were sponsored by local churches, and were plopped into my reading class with no knowledge of English. This was one of my most challenging and most rewarding teaching assignments ever. I often wonder what became of Son, Hau and Dung, and where they ended up. I often wonder if they are well and happy.

A wonderful book of poems recommended by a blogger friend

I am reading this book slowly, savoring every word and appreciating the lovely word choices and phrasing.

Min Jin Lee is a new author to me, one I am respecting more and more, the further I get into the book.

This is a wonderful novel. I am lucky enough to get the large print edition from my local library. It is a long book to begin with, and in large print, it is a good five inches thick!

My daily check-in with Breathnach and with myself

There isn’t a day that goes by that this book doesn’t speak to me. I copy many of its copious quotes into my Quote Notebook, and think all day about what this author says. I am learning to think about myself, my life, and things, in general, differently because of this book.

This came in the mail yesterday

When I opened my mailbox, there was a book! I was excited because I couldn’t remember ordering one. Peachtree Publishers were kind enough to send me a free copy, and I had forgotten it was even coming. What a wonderful surprise! It will be perfect for a Saturday Morning for Kids post.

It’s definitely time for another classic! I have plenty on hand on my TBR, it’s just a matter of picking one up.

So, happy reading, and as we say goodbye to January, let’s look at February as a month of love–to others and to ourselves.

Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

3 thoughts on “SUNDAY SUMMARY”

  1. I really need to read Inside Out & Back Again. I also has students that arrived from Viet Nam, so I think this will be very moving for me. I know you love teaching, so I am glad you are back at it, Rae. Have a great upcoming week.

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  2. I’m off to a slow start too! But hey one step at a time is better than rushing through the journey, right 😉 and what a great book mail! I’ve been wanting to read Pachinko for the longest time! 😅great post, Rae!

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